Ruslan Sadounichy

School teacher, 2020 election comission member, sentenced to 3 1/2 years in penal colony


Date of birth: 25 October 1987

Date of detention: 29 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 366 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 3 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 18 April 2023

Judge: Mikalai Rachynski

Prosecutor: Liudmila Herasimenka

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Ruslan Sadounichy is a school teacher of geography. In 2020, he was a member of the precinct election commission and refused to sign the election comission protocol.

He was charged under three articles of the Criminal Code: Art. 369 ('Insulting a government official'), Part 1 of Article 130 ('Inciting hatred against law enforcement officers'), and Part 1 of Art. 366 ('Threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty').

On February 21, 2022, he was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment in a penal colony.

On June 28, 2022, the KGB added the political prisoner to the 'List of persons involved in terrorist activities'.

First Sadounichy was kept in prison #1 in Hrodna. Later he was transferred to penal colony #2 in Babrujsk.

In January 2023, a new criminal case was opened against Ruslan Sadounichy under Art. 364 ('Insulting a government official') and Art. 369 ('Violence or threat of violence against internal affairs officer') of the Criminal Code. The political prisoner was transferred to remand prison #1 in Minsk. Judge Dzmitryi Karsiuk was to consider his case starting from January 31 in the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 2. 213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1

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